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  • Actors: Steve Railsback, Mathilda May, Peter Firth, Frank Finlay, Patrick Stewart
  • Directors: Tobe Hooper
  • Writers: Colin Wilson, Dan O'Bannon, Don Jakoby, Michael Armstrong, Olaf Pooley
  • Producers: Menahem Golan, Michael J. Kagan
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 1998
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (245 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304936532
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lifeforce" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Contains An Additional 15 Minutes Of Footage Not In Theaters
  • 8-Page Booklet Featuring Trivia, Production Notes And A Revealing Look At The Making Of The Film

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From the director of Poltergeist and co-writer of Alien comes a thrilling sci-fi adventure of explosive action and pulse-pounding suspense. With mind-blowing special effects by OscarÂ(r) winner* John Dykstra, Lifeforce is a sci-fi extravaganza that delivers out-of-this-world excitement. A mission to investigate Halley's Comet discovers an even more fascinating phenomenon: an alien spacecraft! After a deadly confrontation, the aliens travel to Earth, where their seductive leader (Mathilda May) begins a terrifying campaign to drain the life force of everyone she encounters. Her victims, in turn, continue the cycle, and soon the entire planet is in mortal danger.And when the mission's sole survivor (Steve Railsback) sets out to destroy her, he comes face to face with the most charmingand horrifyingbeing he's ever known. Will he be able to destroy the lovely vampiress...or will he become yet another victim of her fatal charm? *1977: Visual Effects, Star Wars

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Director Tobe Hooper was a hot property after he scored apopular hit with Poltergeist (thanks in part to producer Steven Spielberg), so his follow-up film was the most wildly ambitious of his career to date. Armed with a big budget and a special effects crew led by Star Wars pioneer John Dykstra, Hooper and Alien cowriter Dan O'Bannon whipped up a movie that must be seen to be believed. That's not really a compliment, since Lifeforce isn't much of a movie when all the sound and fury is over. But you've got to admit there's something crazily admirable about a movie that starts out as a science fiction adventure about a mission to explore Halley's comet, turns into an alien-invasion thriller featuring a beautiful naked woman (Mathilda May) who's a vampire from space, and escalates into an end-of-the-world disaster flick! It's got everything you could want from a horror movie--from zombies running amok in London to rotting corpses and energy bolts to signal the apocalypse to come! Holding it all together is Steve Railsback as the Halley mission survivor who holds the key to mankind's salvation--but what fun is saving the world when you could be seduced by a sexy naked space vampire? Check out Lifeforce to see how it all turns out. --Jeff Shannon

Customer Reviews

One of Tobe Hooper's great classic.
George Carabetsos
That part, I liked...just for that since I really don't care much for the over-use of CGI like in today's movies.
SoylentGreen
My god, we had to kill her off or there wouldn't be any of us dirty old men left!
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64 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 23, 2003
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This movie has a very original twist on the old standard vampire tale, with the horror Cult King director - Tobe Hooper at the helm. It is taut pace movie scripted by Dan O'Bannon (Blue Thunder) from a Colin Wilson (Max Headroom) book. The casts is a powerhouse, Frank Finlay as Dr. Hanns Fallada, Peter Firth Brit Colonel Colin Caine, the always bizarrely brilliant Steve Railsback, Mathilda May as the female Space Vampire (not many lines but she does make an "impression"), Patrick Stewart (pre Jean Luc) as Dr. Armstrong, John Hallam (The Mummy) as Lamson and Chris Jagger as a guard (Yeppers, that is the brother of Mick!). Add in some nifty Special Effects for the vampire victims and you have one really great time!
The vampire tale is rather worn, but they manage to give a fresh take on it. Instead of fangs and sucking neck, they suck the "lifeforce" from humans, leaving the body robbed of everything and looking like a "tube of toothpaste all squished out". Worse, in short order we see that it spreads like a plague with the rapidness of dominoes.
The movie opens with the return of the multi-national spaceshuttle The Church to earth. It's overdue and they anticipate something is wrong. When the board it, they find the spaceship had been set to flame, the crew supposedly all dead, and three perfect bodies in glass coffins. They haul them back, quarantine them, but they don't stay that way for long. They soon find out they are space vampires and are now a loose on earth. Enter Railsback as the US army Colonel, the only survivor from the Churchill who escaped in a pod. He tells how they found a strange spaceship hidden in Hailey's Comet. When they boarded the found the glass coffins and lots of weird dead bats-type things.
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50 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Lunar Strain on February 14, 2004
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Though director Tobe Hoooper has had more downs than ups in his career, his film Lifeforce comes out being one of his best, following only Texas Chainsaw Massacre adn Poltergeist. Though initially a box-office failure, I found Lifeforce to be a refreshing story in the otherwise repetitive Science Fiction genre. That's whats sad about the genre; when filmmakers come out with somehting new and different, it flops, but if it's another ALien rip-off, box-office hit. This "vampire" story takes a new turn on the vampire myth, with aliens arriving on Earth that drain people of "lifeforce," the essence of life. I found most of the performances to be great, espiceally Peter Firth as British Agaent Kane. He makes this film totally believable. Steve Railsback is actually the weakest in the cast, but I have to hand it to him, he had a difficult role to play and he did a credible job at it. The effects are also very good for the time and the filmmakers use their fairly high budget to their addvantage. The one thing I hate about this film is that all people seem to recognize is the nudity. They forget about the story and focus on Mathilda May's body (though she I will say she does have a great body). This film goes far beyond the nudity. It drives me nuts when I ask someone if they've seen Lifeforce and they respond "is that the film with that hot naked chick?" So look beyond the nudity and find and marvel at the very creative story aided by the mesmerizing score by Henry Mancini and the London Symphony Orchestra. I found the film very good all the way through . Some seem to think the film fizzles out towards the end when London is in anarchy with zombies running around but I myself found it very exciting and the zombie scenes rivel those of even George Romero.Read more ›
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By M. Oleson TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 5, 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I'm chuckling with myself at my over-the-top rating for this over-the-top movie. I stumbled upon this movie years ago and had it on VHS tape copied from somewhere. I then found a DVD version with an upgraded soundtrack (Henry Mancini!!) and bought it. I think that is the first time I'd seen it on DVD. It looks good except the widescreen isn't upgraded to anamorphic. That's all fixed with this new Blu ray version. Transferred with a 1080p resolution and a 2.40:1 aspect ratio, this is a big improvement over the old DVD. A DVD is included in this package properly formatted.

"Lifeforce" is a sci-fi horror film ala "Alien" (same screenwriter, Dan O'Bannon along with Don Jakoby) with a bigger budget and with extra nudity. Directed by "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" & "Poltergeist" filmmake Tobe Hooper, the movie is pretty good, even without the nudity.

While on a mission to hunt down Halley's Comet, Col. Carlsen (Steve Railsback) and his crew encounter a space craft floating nearby. Investigating they find dead bat-like creatures and 3 nude humanoids perfectly preserved. Carlsen is the only crewmember to return alive, but the ship is found in Earth's orbit with the 3 humanoids (2 good looking dudes and one hot chick) still in good form.

It turns out these humanoids need human "lifeforce" instead of blood that let's say, a vampire might need. Pretty much the same result however. Some excellent special effects and makeup make for a decent thriller. And of course there is first-time "actress" Mathilda May walking around for almost the entire movie totally nude. I tossed in half a star for that alone.
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